Ghost & Goblin Run – October 27, 2012

35 degrees out on the morning of my run… Of course it is!  Time to revamp my costume option.  So I pull out my tote of costumes from under the bed and find my polyester turtleneck body suit, think polyester cheerleading uniform, and some thick black yoga pants… yup that should do.

The Ghost & Goblin Run is probably by far my favorite race of the year.  Not only is it a beautiful run through downtown Carmel, Indiana (recently voted the #1 place in the US to live) it supports a cause that is near to my heart.  This race is put on by the Carmel Education Foundation and proceeds from the race goes right back into the schools in the district.  This is HUGE.

To make it a little more competitively fun – the school with the most student participants within the district get to take home a trophy that they can proudly display all year long until the following year.  In addition to the trophy, the race has costume prizes for the best male and female costumes as well as best group costume.  To top it off, we celebrate our young athletes by awarding 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes and medals to our age group winners ages 19 and under.

I arrive at the high school about 8:00 AM and rush to the packet pick-up counter… I’m running a little behind schedule because someone did not want to get out of bed this morning…my husband.  I hurry and put on my chip timer and race bib and locate my students.  I wanted to snag a group photo of all my students before we ran because some were participating in the 2K and others were walking the 5K.  This would assure that we were all there at the same time.  So we all gather together for a quick photo op and of course all the parents want to take photos too and before I knew it, it was time to get to the start line.

I am so glad that I brought ear warmers because it was COLD!  The wind was blowing just enough to send shivers through your body and stiffen up your muscles.  However – what I failed to bring… gloves.  When it was time to go, there was one thing on my mind: the quicker I run this, the quicker I can get back inside the warm gym.  So my husband and I were off, running down Main Street to onlookers and drivers passing by.  The first hill was brutal, the cold air was pressing down on my lungs making it difficult to breathe, but I pressed on determined to get a good time.  I couldn’t believe how quick it seemed to get to the Mile 1 marker.  Then we were soon headed down the walking path surrounded by beautiful trees with their leaves the color of fall.  And before I knew it, I was running through the apartment complex and onto the Monon with only a mile to go.  WOW – we must be making good time.  And then as we rounded back onto the street, we blended in with the 2K runners/walkers and the finish line was in sight.

There was no sprinting to the finish line in this race because I felt like I had been sprinting the entire thing!  So together, my husband and I, as much as we wanted to walk because our lungs were hurting so bad, crossed the finish line. (NO WALKING ALLOWED)

It was so fun to see all the positive energy from the proud parents who completed the race with their children and the teachers who were there for support.  I love how our community pulls together to support such a fun event.  I can’t wait to sign up again next year!

Finish Time – 24:34:18
Average Pace – 7:55
Division Place – 2/28
Overall Place – 85/408

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About Food4Thought

I am no fitness expert. I am simply someone who has found joy in fitness and nutrition. I am a certified group fitness instructor. I’ve been teaching at the local health club for about 3 years now. While Zumba was my first love, I have since added Total Conditioning, Bodyworks plus Abs, and Core to my repertoire of classes. I work with a personal trainer to help me reach my fitness goals that I cannot obtain through group fitness alone. This year I ran my first 5K and plan to run my first 10K in March. To further my knowledge in the fitness realm, I have begun reading Strong Women Stay Slim, New Rules for Lifting Abs, and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women. On my list to read next is Wheat Belly. I am always looking for new ways to further my education and knowledge to better serve the members that take my group fitness classes. Lately, I have started tinkering with recipes, buying healthy cookbooks, and finding easy, tasty, and healthy foods to make. Like I mentioned earlier, I am by no means an expert, but the things I share with you have helped me tremendously with my fitness journey. It is my hope that with these easy tips and recipes, that you too can make these tiny steps and see big positive changes in your life.

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